“Italia Cashless”

The latest front of war on cash   Together with Germans and Greeks, Italians have long been the most stubborn and steadfast of Europeans in their love of cash. For years, they have resisted cards and digital payments and viewed with deep suspicion most campaigns to convert them. To a significant extent, they also saved …

Planet Lockdown Film Project

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle Dear friends of freedom Some of you already know that I have been busy over the last months making a documentary film about Covid together with my friend James from Washington D.C.. The aim was to look …

Swiss direct democracy in action

On the last Sunday of November the Swiss citizens once again rejected efforts staged by left-leaning groups and NGOs to chip away at the nation’s long tradition of free enterprise, respect for private property and financial freedom. Two important proposals were brought before the Swiss people in a set of referendums, both targeting private companies …

Second lockdown in Europe

Implications for precious metals investors As the long-awaited “second wave” of the corona pandemic sweeps through Europe, another round of severe restrictions, travel bans and rules that prevent the proper function of international business and trade threatens to once again disrupt all kinds of sectors, including the gold industry.  Lockdown 2.0 Until only a couple of …